January 22, 2012 |
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Resentment lurks near the surface of the conservative political consciousness. Many voters believe (not always without cause) that elite, hipster liberals in academia and the coastal Big Media are sneering at them, their lives, and their beliefs. They see themselves presented as unsophisticated, bigoted, and quite possibly stupid. So Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was tapping into a powerful psychological current when he attacked the news media Thursday at the start of a CNN debate, responding to an ABC News interview with his ex-wife Marianne, in which she said he had demanded an "open marriage" so he could carry on an affair with the woman he subsequently married after divorcing Marianne.
November 9, 2011 |
We are entering a new era (cue space-age music) - the age of the sock. That's right, socks in sexy stripes and eye-catching argyles are men's accessory of choice this winter. Ankles never looked so good. "They add a little flavor to my clothes," said Irving D. Smith, a 54-year-old SEPTA police officer who favors multicolored stripes. "I get lots of compliments on them, especially when I sit down. " So natty. The focus on manly footwear this fall comes from the British influence on men's clothing, a combination eclectic/preppy look that favors pants hemmed shorter to show off polished shoes and, well, socks.
August 29, 2011 |
The high sock, once so esteemed that teams were named for it, has largely vanished from view in American baseball - covered, smothered, by what Phillies chairman Bill Giles uncharitably terms "pajama pants. " A handful of players have resisted this assault on American hosiery, this onslaught of the falling cuff. The most notable in Philadelphia, of late, is 6-foot-4 rightfielder Hunter Pence, who joined the team a month ago. Pence is all leg and energy. His high socks are a feast of red as he digs in at the plate, a whirling blur of rojo as he rounds the bases.
August 25, 2011 |
Blistered and scarred, American sprinter Justin Gatlin arrived in South Korea for the world championships with frostbite on both feet. The 2004 Olympic champion, who last year made his return to competition after serving a 4-year doping ban, said yesterday he got frostbite about 2 weeks ago after going into a cryogenic chamber with wet socks. He didn't lose any toes and will still run in Daegu, but his wounds are not completely healed. "You wake up at 9 o'clock in the morning in Orlando and it's already 90 degrees," said Gatlin, 29, who lives and trains in Florida.
July 25, 2011 |
Antonio Bastardo's fleeting anger was displayed Sunday in the form of a wardrobe change. His red socks, always pulled high above his ankles, were hidden. Something had to change after a miserable Saturday, when the ball failed to go where Bastardo wanted it - a foreign concept to the 25-year-old lefty during this banner season. But there he was, asked to close Sunday's 5-3 victory less than 24 hours after imploding in the eighth inning Saturday by allowing two runs on two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning.
July 22, 2011
By Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic The F word used to get you a ticket to detention. Now it's a ticket to fame and fortune. Consider the "children's book for adults" Go the F- to Sleep and Gordon Ramsay's cooking show, The F Word . We have our own F word - three of them, in fact. We're talking about farchadat , farblondzhet , and farmisht - Yiddish adjectives that describe us these days. We're confused, distracted, and forgetful. We're women of a certain age. Need some examples?
July 20, 2011 |
DENVER - Ubaldo Jimenez brushed aside Atlanta's powerful bats along with all that trade talk, and Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez homered as the Rockies routed the Braves, 12-3, Tuesday night. It was the first win for Colorado in six tries against the Braves this month, and for once Atlanta rookie Freddie Freeman didn't do any damage at the plate. Freeman entered the game 10 for 19 against the Rockies after clubbing five homers and knocking in 10 runs against them. He was hitless in three at-bats against Jimenez, striking out twice.
July 13, 2011 |
Reading from a folded piece of paper, her poem not yet quite memorized, a 17-year-old budding poet performed her spoken word piece, "Like I Say I Do. " When she finished, the 30 people at Youth Emergency Service on Tuesday erupted in applause. As the event ended, Shelby Bryant clutched her camera and Amanda James held the microphone, recording for a documentary the recent college graduates are filming as they go to nonprofits on the East Coast this summer and hand out socks. Bryant, 21, a Wake Forest University graduate, said she was grateful to see the show.
May 31, 2011 |
JACKSON, N.J. - Nestled in the forest in Jackson, just down the road from the local high school, a winding dirt lane led to a large fenced area where about 100 docile alpacas awaited their trip to the barn, a hub of activity this day. It was the annual shearing day at Alma Park Alpacas, during which the alpacas receive their spring haircuts before the warm summer weather sets in. Each alpaca yields between three and five pounds of fiber, which...
April 1, 2011
DEAR READERS: It's April 1, the day I get to share some of the occasional letters I receive from folks who are pulling my leg. Read on: DEAR ABBY: My wife of 23 years is threatening to divorce me on the grounds that I'm "unreasonable. " Is it unreasonable for me to attempt to keep my socks oriented to the proper feet? When I put my socks on the wrong feet, I run around in circles and become disoriented. I know that women don't have this problem because they wear pantyhose - so it's impossible to put them on the wrong feet.